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National Debt Clock Overflowed, Extended By a Digit

letxa2000 Re:The debt did go down (696 comments)

Actually the debt realtive to the GDP went down which is all that matters.

It's all that matters if you're trying to deceive people into thinking Clinton had a surplus.

more than 6 years ago
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National Debt Clock Overflowed, Extended By a Digit

letxa2000 Re:Clock can run in reverse. (696 comments)

It did, but not in the way this guy thinks it should have.

I'm "the guy." I just happen to be a user here, too. :)

By law the money needed to go to pay down our public debt first, which is real debt despite this guys claims.

If you read my article you'll find I didn't contradict that. I didn't say the public debt didn't go down, but every single year the intergovernmental debt went up more. If the public debt had gone down more than the intergovernmental debt had gone up, that'd have been something. Unfortunately it wasn't the case.

more than 6 years ago
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Software Spots Spin In Political Speeches

letxa2000 Re:Subject (438 comments)

It's defined in the customary way -- As anything which runs contrary to the listener's political views, or is said by someone whom they personally dislike.

That's possible. And if we're cynical, we might even say it's probable.

But it's entirely possible that a very objective criteria was used based on known psychological information. Psychologists and others are very good at learning quite a few things about people by things that most of us don't know--at least not consciously... body language, speech inflections, eye contact, handwriting, etc.

I'm not at all an expert in this field but unless you have evidence that the algorithm was truly biased and based on the way McCain talks, I think it would behoove you to consider the possibility that just maybe the algorithm picked up on something about Obama that you hadn't picked up on yourself. At least consider the possibility before smearing the article/algorithm/etc.

more than 6 years ago
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McCain Picks Gov. Palin As Running Mate

letxa2000 Re:Pandering to the Vagina Vote (1813 comments)

It's so sad that so many Americans will fall for this trick.

What's sad is that when Democrats run women, it's looked at as somehow genuine but when Republicans run a woman it's looked at as pandering.

more than 6 years ago
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McCain Picks Gov. Palin As Running Mate

letxa2000 Good choice (1813 comments)

I think this is a great pick. The Democrats seem to want to attack Palin on experience but, in the minds of many, every attack/criticism they make against Palin will be silently re-asked by viewers about the Democrats' presidential pick.

Democrats are in a catch-22. Great political move by McCain. And Palin's speech in Dayton was excellent and motivating and inspirational, far more than what I heard from Obama last night at the DNC convention.

more than 6 years ago
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McCain Picks Gov. Palin As Running Mate

letxa2000 Re:Sure shes pretty and all but.... (1813 comments)

OK, fine, I was scored as a troll.

To respond further, the original post wrote: "Because evolution teaches what science has concluded with all of the current evidence that they have."

I said it wasn't because, in all honesty, we have additional evidence from human history (in the form of world religions) that do have something to say about the matter and science ignores it. Now I understand that science looks for the truth based on falsifiable theories, but if science specifically ignores and pretends that religious assertions don't exist, they're closing their eyes to possibilities that might lead them towards truths they should consider.

There are three possibilities: 1) Religion is right. 2) Science is right. 3) They're both right. If science ignores possibilities #1 and #3, that might be science but they might never get the right answer--and what good is that?

more than 6 years ago
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Blogger Launches 'Google Bomb' At McCain

letxa2000 Re:Yeah, that'll help . . . (545 comments)

The goal of politics should be to do what's best for the country. The goal of politicians is to gain power. So apparently the liberal blogger in question is a politician because he's doing what's best for his candidate, not what's best for the country. Making it hard to find the best information (even if it's not information the liberal blogger wants people to see) about a candidate is not in the spirit of a free society and democracy. Basically, this liberal blogger is decreasing the signal to noise ratio rather than providing useful and compelling reasons to vote for his own candidate.

Seriously... if Obama were as amazing as we were supposed to believe he is, it would be more than enough to promote his virtues rather than trying to smear the opponent. Guess Obama isn't all that great stuff.

more than 6 years ago

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IP Piracy funds terrorism

letxa2000 letxa2000 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

letxa2000 (215841) writes "CBS News reports "Attorney General Michael Mukasey warned Friday that the huge profits generated from piracy and counterfeiting are fostering terrorism... "Criminal syndicates, and in some cases even terrorist groups, view IP crime as a lucrative business and see it as a low-risk way to fund other activities," Mukasey said." "Before Friday's speech, Mukasey met privately with representatives from companies including Apple Inc. and Adobe Systems Inc. A day earlier, the attorney general also met with entertainment industry executives in Los Angeles during his three-day California trip." So now they're trying to link IP "piracy" to terrorism?"

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